Big Agnes footprints are made in sympathy with their tents - that means that the weight of the tent corresponds to the weight of the footprint. An exact fit to the floor of the tent there's no surplus material or weight.
This footprint is compatible with the Big Agnes Blacktail 3 & Blacktail Hotel 3 tents.
Big Agnes says:
To extend the life of your tent floor, we recommend using a Big Agnes footprint or ground cloth. The Big Agnes footprint also enables you to pitch a lightweight, Fast Fly shelter while leaving the tent body behind. The Fast Fly configuration requires the footprint, tent fly, poles, and stakes.
Big Agnes have produced this footprint specifically for the Blacktail 3 & Blacktail Hotel 3 tents so you can be assured that it is the best size, weight and quality for the tent.
Most manufacturers recommend the use of a footprint to extend the life of the groundsheet of your tent, but if you've just bought an lightweight tent do you really want to carry the extra weight associated with it? And if you always need a footprint then why don't the manufacturers just beef up the floor fabric?
Our recommendation is to use a footprint if you expect to be camping on rough stony ground - Corsica's GR20 is a good example of this. Some footprints have other uses, such as being able to pitch just the flysheet and footprint together as an ultralight shelter - so in this case the footprint provides you with increased flexibility in your shelters. The footprint also does a great job of keeping the floor of the tent clean when your pitch is wet or muddy.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear